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I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye

Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now, for those who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold. Written by two women who have experienced sudden loss, this updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., offer a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.

Featured on ABC World News, Friends, and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. With new material covering the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.

This book has offered solace to over 80,000 people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.

Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

©2000 Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. (P)2012 Tantor

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"I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to the friends and counselors as well." (Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child)

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  • Paul F.
  • 02-08-2014

Best Grief Book yet

As someone who lost a spouse way too soon, suddenly and unexpectedly, I have found this book to be the best of the five I've read or listened to so far. Start with this book, then you can go on to others.

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  • R. G. Pickering
  • 16-09-2016

All Mourners Should Read This

My son died two months ago, so I have been searching for books to help me get through the mourning process. This book is absolutely perfect. It covers all kinds of relationships with the deceased as well as all kinds of deaths which are unexpected. Though they all did not apply to me, reading about them all helped me understand the common threads throughout all the mourning experiences. This is a very cohesive book. The narrator was perfect with her voice and her nuances so that it was very enjoyable to "read". Every time I meet someone mourning my own son's death or someone else's death, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Robin
  • 03-09-2012

The Best of the Best!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye to be better than the print version?

Yes, because your too depressed to read.

What other book might you compare I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye to and why?

I have read them all and non compare.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is not A/P.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That healing will take along time.

Any additional comments?

If you have suddenly lost a loved on this is the book for you.

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  • thewoodenlung
  • 30-12-2019

Chapter numbers are off by one

Chapter two is all about how confused you will be in the first few weeks, yet it is labeled as chapter three, which was very confusing. Maybe what is labeled as chapter 1 is really the preface?

Beyond that glitch, it was great reading a book about sudden death because everything I had read was focused on decline in health and preparing for death. We had no time to prepare.

In chapter 2 they talk about not making any decisions during their the first few weeks but we did not have that option. There was no will and the autopsy delayed the death certificate so it was very hard to get anything done.

There is so much to do that I haven’t had any time to do any of the things that are suggested. We had to fly across the country, liquidate his business property, meet with lawyers, go through, divide, and move all of his personal belongings, deal with whether to have a viewing or not, schedule and pay for the cremation, and negotiate a trust that passed down.

One month has passed and we still are waiting for the cause of death and death certificate. However, when talking to a friend I realized that I was getting caught up in the idea that this is not how the grieving process is supposed to go. How I thought it was supposed to be disappeared as fast as he did. That makes having a book about sudden death even more helpful.

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  • Dreid
  • 27-12-2019

Great start to understanding your personal grief..

I was given several books after losing a child and took months to touch any of them. Months into the grieving process while on a cross-country road trip, I chose to listen to this one. The stories and situations are relatable and intimate, and a glimmer of hope soon appears on the horizon--even the tiniest ray of light can help get you moving in a forward direction.

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  • Joel dex goor
  • 16-06-2019

POWERFUL BOOK AND SOOTHING NARRATION

“I wasn’t ready to say goodbye” was a powerful and important book and very needed. The Narrator: Ellen Archer's voice was so soft and soothing and compassionate and also understood our pain losing someone we love with no warning and no chance to say Goodbye. I would listen to all her narrations. The Authors did a truly wonderful job and I truly thank them. I recommend and look forward for other books by the Authors: Brooke Noel and Pamela D. Blair PHD. It was a great audio book with a great Narrator whom I would recommend again and again. Thank you…

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  • Amy D.
  • 18-04-2018

Wish I had this sooner

If you could sum up I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

When you lose your spouse unexpectedly you have no idea what to do. You are in shock for several months, running on autopilot, and you don't even know it.
This book has such good information on the step by step process of grieving and lets you know you are normal. It gives you the what to do's and the what not to do's. It even has a whole section dedicated to how your friends and family help and what they should expect that she recommends you give to them to listen.
This book was so helpful. Please spread the word.

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All newly widows should listen to this book.

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  • Maureen S
  • 09-06-2020

helpful

my son just recently died suddanly and I am still trying to understand why. Your book has given me a few good ideas to try and cope with his sudden death. Your book has remined me of all the others who are grieving for my son, friends, his siblings, his father and to try to keep them in mind as I try to muddle my way through life withou him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2018

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this book was great in helping me understand my feelings and how to cope slowly.

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  • winojen
  • 18-03-2018

great book

my friend lost his mother tragically and was having a rough time coping. i looked up several books that might help him see he wasn't alone. If he could hear of others with similar situations, maybe it will rest his heart a little. I purchased the audio version because I wasn't sure if he was a book reader. He immediately started listening to the book and finished it quickly. He called me, telling me he couldn't stop listening. The book was exactly what he was feeling and thinking. He felt more at peace and knew he wasn't alone in his grief. He couldn't thank me enough for finding this book.

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  • Linds
  • 28-01-2019

Must listen!

This book resonated with me a lot and answered some questions. I will listen again

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